You’ve probably already seen 12 Years a Slave and I do have to say one thing about it, it’s a bit of a Hollywood-ization of what this film truly offers. I mean, it sells it as if it’s a Steven Spielberg movie when this is very much a Steve McQueen movie. Spielberg has definitely tackled some tough content in the past, but McQueen forces his camera to linger a little more and, in my opinion, makes movies that are far less accessible. When I first saw the trailer I leaned to the person next to me and plainly said, “You can’t make a Hollywood trailer for a Steve McQueen movie.”
You’ll know what I mean once you see the movie as it begins hitting theaters on October 18, but for now you can get a little taste with this first clip from the movie offering a look at Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, a free man in 1841 New York, and a look at him before he was captured and sold into slavery where he would remain for twelve years.
Here’s a snippet from my “A+” review out of Toronto:
You can read my full review right here and check out the clip directly below.